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The Collective Will Is There to Solve the Rural Broadband Challenge

February 18, 2021 | By Stephen V. Smith, founder and VP of Broadband Strategies of WordSouth, a content marketing company that helps rural broadband and electric providers tell their stories, market their services, and train their people.

Operating and Maintenance Costs, not Capital Costs, Conspire Against Rural Broadband Cooperatives

February 16, 2021 | By Todd Schmit, Associate Professor-Cornell’s  Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and co-author of the recently published “Exploring the feasibility of rural broadband cooperatives in the United States: The new New Deal?” in Telecommunications Policy, Volume 45, Issue 4, 2021.

PERM 75—A Roadblock to Broadband Buildout

February 12, 2021 | By Kurt Anderson, Director of Development and Strategy-Ithaca Area Economic Development

Why the Cornell Broadband Network?

January 6, 2021 | By John Foote, member of CBN organizing group